The Moonlight Sonata…. with added moonlight

The Moonlight Sonata…. with added moonlight

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

September 04, 2022

Pawel Siwczak, a Polish-British musicians, plays the tenebrous hit in a new video on an instrument of Beethoven’s time.


  • Charlotte says:

    Unfortunately only the first movement. Sounds lovely.

    In German, it is called the Mondscheinsonate, so when I once referred to it in the US, I of course translated to „moonshine sonata“ and didn’t understand why everyone was laughing, and said „ that’s a way to look at it“.

  • MER says:

    Hearing this, I just realized for the first time how John Coltrane may well have taken the first three notes of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, in the same key, elegantly altering the sequence of the minor triad tones, creating the motive for one of his absolute greatest compositions and recordings, Equinox, also with a enigmatically introspective rasa, if more ominous.

    One image of Beethoven is surrounded by chaos at home and in his life, but he counted exactly 60 beans for his coffee revealing a precision reflected in the inner creative life of his music.

  • Kelvin Grout says:

    In this day and age, it’s really not difficult to sync the audio with the video! Come on.

    • christopher storey says:

      Mr Grout : you must be seeing something differently from me : I can detect no lack of synchronicity between keyboard and sound

  • Stephanie says:

    I grew up on Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi. I’ve had them in my heart forever❤️